Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Compass Gait

Hypothetical walking motion used as a model for studies of human bipedal locomotion and named after the (two-legged) drafting compass. In the compass gait the knee and ankle are fixed, the hip is capable of flexion and extension, and the center of gravity is displaced to the sides and to the front and the back. This model is used for analysis of theoretical bipedalism of early hominids and for comparison with modern human bipedalism, which is not a compass gait.

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